1999 Dallas Cowboys season
The 1999 Dallas Cowboys season would mark their 40th in the NFL.
|1999 Dallas Cowboys season|
|Head coach||Chan Gailey|
|Home field||Texas Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 27–10|
Hall of Fame Game
- Cleveland Browns 20, Dallas Cowboys 17 (Overtime) 
The season would begin at Washington with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the hated division rival Washington Redskins. After trailing by three touchdowns in the second half, free agent acquisition Rocket Ismail would pay immediate dividends for the team by hauling in the winning touchdown catch in overtime while Troy Aikman would throw for a franchise record five touchdowns in a single game (since matched by Tony Romo).
The team would start out strong with a 3–0 record, but a week 4 injury to wide receiver Michael Irvin against the Philadelphia Eagles eventually forced him into retirement. Afterwards, Dallas would struggle down the stretch as age and injury would begin to take its toll. The team would again make the playoffs despite an 8–8 season, but would lose once more in the first round to the Minnesota Vikings. Despite leading the team to consecutive playoff berths and seemingly re-igniting the Dallas offense, owner Jerry Jones would fire head coach Chan Gailey after the season.
This marked the final season for future hall-of-famer Michael Irvin and longtime Cowboys fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston. Irvin and Johnston both suffered season ending (and as it turned out career ending) injuries early in the season. Irvin was the last Cowboys player to have played for Tom Landry.
The annual Thanksgiving Day game featured the return of former head coach Jimmy Johnson to Texas Stadium as Dolphins head coach. It was the only game Johnson ever coached in Texas Stadium as a visiting coach. The Cowboys won, 20–0.
|1||September 12, 1999||FOX 1:00 et||at Washington Redskins||W 41–35||
|2||September 20, 1999||ABC 9:00 et||Atlanta Falcons||W 24–7||
|4||October 3, 1999||FOX 1:00 et||Arizona Cardinals||W 35–7||
|5||October 10, 1999||FOX 1:00 et||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 13–10||
|6||October 18, 1999||ABC 9:00 et||at New York Giants||L 13–10||
|7||October 24, 1999||FOX 1:00 et||Washington Redskins||W 38–20||
|8||October 31, 1999||FOX 4:00 et||at Indianapolis Colts||L 34–24||
|9||November 8, 1999||ABC 9:00 et||at Minnesota Vikings||L 27–17||
|10||November 14, 1999||FOX 4:00 et||Green Bay Packers||W 27–13||
|11||November 21, 1999||FOX 4:00 et||at Arizona Cardinals||L 13–9||
|12||November 25, 1999||CBS 4:00 et||Miami Dolphins||W 20–0||
|13||December 5, 1999||ESPN 8:30 et||at New England Patriots||L 13–6||
|14||December 12, 1999||FOX 1:00 et||Philadelphia Eagles||W 20–10||
|15||December 19, 1999||CBS 4:00 et||New York Jets||L 22–21||
|16||December 24, 1999||FOX 4:00 et||at New Orleans Saints||L 31–24||
|17||January 2, 2000||FOX 4:00 et||New York Giants||W 26–18||
|New York Giants||7||9||0||.438||299||358|
|Dallas Cowboys 1999 roster|
Rookies in italics
Awards and records
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- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369